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Tartan Army out in force ahead of Scotland vs England match

Tartan Army out in force ahead of Scotland vs England match

ENGLAND, EURO 2020, EUROPE, FIFA, Football, GAMES, SCOTLAND, Sports
The showdown with the Auld Enemy will kick-off at Wembley Stadium at 8pm on Friday night. Tartan Army: Scotland will take on England on Friday night. The Tartan Army is out in force ahead of Scotland’s crunch Euro 2020 tie against England. The showdown with the Auld Enemy will kick-off at Wembley Stadium at 8pm on Friday night. Euro 2020 is the first major tournament the national men’s team have qualified for in more than two decades. The Tartan Army is out in force ahead of Scotland’s crunch Euro 2020 tie against England. The showdown with the Auld Enemy will kick-off at Wembley Stadium at 8pm on Friday night. Euro 2020 is the first major tournament the national men’s team have qualified for in more than two decades. The Tartan Army is out in force ahead of Scotla...
India vs New Zealand, WTC Final: Preview – Pitch Report, Probable XI and Head to Head record

India vs New Zealand, WTC Final: Preview – Pitch Report, Probable XI and Head to Head record

Cricket, GAMES, INDIA, Sports, UK
After two years of continuous battle between different teams, the World Test Championship (WTC) 2020-21 organised by the International Cricket Council (ICC) has reached its business end with India and New Zealand set to face each other in the final, starting from Friday (June 18) at Rose Bowl in Southampton. Even on economic grounds, the WTC final has much more value than any other Test match. Recently, the ICC announced that the winners of the summit clash would get $ 1.6 million along with the ICC Test Championship Mace. Similarly, the runners-up will take home $ 800,000. “The winners of the much-awaited ICC World Test Championship (WTC) Final between India and New Zealand will take home a purse of $ 1.6 million along with the ICC T...
Back in the WRC at age 91: Sobieslaw Zasada on returning to Africa

Back in the WRC at age 91: Sobieslaw Zasada on returning to Africa

EAST AFRICA, GAMES, KENYA, Motorsport, RACING, Safari Rally, Sports, WRC
Sardinia was a blast, but next it’s on to probably the most anticipated rally of them all: the Safari. For a while, the World Rally Championship’s visit to Africa seemed in doubt, but now it’s going ahead from 24-27 June, with 58 crews entered. The one we will be looking out for is #36, a Ford Fiesta Rally3. Its driver is Sobieslaw Zasada, who will smash the record for the oldest driver to start a WRC event – aged 91.Yes, you read that correctly. Less than a decade from his 100th birthday, the three-time European champion is about to take on the toughest rally in the world. He has plenty of experience, having contested the Safari eight times before – including a second-place finish in 1972 at the wheel of a Porsche 911 S, behind Hannu Mikkola. His most recent entry was in 1997,...
Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder to go face-to-face tonight ahead of trilogy fight

Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder to go face-to-face tonight ahead of trilogy fight

Boxing, GAMES, Sports, USA
Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder are set to go face-to-face tonight at the first press event for their trilogy fight, scheduled for July 24th. Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder are expected to meet tonight at the first press conference for thei upcoming trilogy contest, currently slated for the 24th of July. The conference is set to take place in Los Angeles, California, and will kick off at about 9pm BST. Provided both men show up, it will be the first time the pair have met in person since their 2020 rematch. Fury and Wilder have shared the stage at many previous press events for their other two contests. However, there is a sense that tonight may see the two heavyweight giants clash more than ever before. While the rivalry between the Gypsy King and the Bronze Bomber al...
Shelby Houlihan: American middle distance runner blames burrito for positive test

Shelby Houlihan: American middle distance runner blames burrito for positive test

Atheletics, GAMES, Sports, USA
American middle distance runner Shelby Houlihan says she has been banned from athletics for four years after testing positive for a prohibited substance - which she blamed on a burrito. The 28-year-old says she was told in January the anabolic steroid nandrolone had been found in a doping sample. Olympian Houlihan said it may have come from eating a pork burrito, which she said could lead to a false positive for nandrolone, the night before her test. She has denied ever doping. She says she was handed the four-year ban by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas) on Friday. "I feel completely devastated, lost, broken, angry, confused and betrayed by the very sport that I've loved and poured myself into," Houlihan said in a statement on social media. "I want to be very...
NBA play-offs: Atlanta Hawks and Los Angeles Clippers both win to level series

NBA play-offs: Atlanta Hawks and Los Angeles Clippers both win to level series

Basketball, GAMES, Sports, USA
Trae Young scored 25 points as the Atlanta Hawks held on to win 103-100 at home to the Philadelphia 76ers in the second round of the NBA play-offs. Monday's win levelled their best-of-seven Eastern Conference semi-final series at 2-2. The Western Conference semi-final between the Los Angeles Clippers and the Utah Jazz is also level at 2-2. Kawhi Leonard and Paul George both scored 31 points as the Clippers beat the top seeds 118-104. The Clippers' Marcus Morris scored 22 of his 24 points during a first half in which the LA side, who lost the first two games in the series, led by as many as 29 points at one stage. Utah trailed 68-44 at half-time but Joe Ingles drained a three-pointer to pull them within 112-102 with just over two minutes left in Los Angeles. But the h...
Valtteri Bottas ‘has Williams as only option’ with George Russell swap deal tipped

Valtteri Bottas ‘has Williams as only option’ with George Russell swap deal tipped

Formula 1, GAMES, Motorsport, RACING, Sports
Red Bull's chief advisor Helmut Marko believes there could be a straight swap between George Russell and Valtteri Bottas. Red Bull's chief advisor Helmut Marko believes Valtteri Bottas has no place to go on the grid if he's axed from Mercedes, unless the 31-year-old does a straight swap with George Russell at Williams. Reports are swirling that Mercedes chief Toto Wolff has already informed Russell’s management that the Brit will replace Bottas next season. Speculation has only intensified as Bottas has clocked his worst start to a season alongside Mercedes yet, not scoring points over the past two races, and slipping down to sixth in the driver standings. The Finn is also yet to have finished higher than third this year, with two retirements to his name, sitting 58 points...
Adesanya beats Vettori to defend middleweight title at UFC 263

Adesanya beats Vettori to defend middleweight title at UFC 263

Boxing, GAMES, Kick Boxing, Sports
Israel Adesanya dominated Vettori at UFC 263 Saturday night, earning a unanimous decision to remain undefeated in the middleweight division. The crafty UFC middleweight star left no doubt in the rematch, pummeling Vettori with a flurry of kicks to the head and legs to defend his title. Adesanya (21-1) kept out of reach from Vettori's powerful punches most of the night and used his feet effectively, keeping the Italian fighter off balance. The Nigeria-born New Zealander won 50-45 on all three judges' scorecards in the third full-capacity UFC event. "I'm slowly starting to accept it as a great performance, but right now, I just wanted to punch him in the face more, but credit to him and his boxing coach, I'll say they improved their boxing a bit, so I think they thought tha...
Solberg secures Hyundai WRC return in Safari Rally

Solberg secures Hyundai WRC return in Safari Rally

FIA, GAMES, KENYA, Motorsport, RACING, Safari Rally, Sports, WRC
Oliver Solberg will join the top World Rally Championship class again having secured an outing with Hyundai Motorsport at the Safari Rally later this month. The son of 2003 WRC champion Petter Solberg will make his second appearance in a Hyundai WRC car in the championship at the iconic Kenya event (24-27 June), which returns to the championship after a 19-year hiatus. Solberg was set to contest Rally Sardinia earlier this month before having to withdraw from the event after his father contracted COVID-19. As a result, the 19-year-old was forced to quarantine for 14 days in Porto following Rally Portugal, as per the championship’s COVID-19 protocols. Confirmation of Solberg’s second WRC call up for Hyundai comes while the rising star is driving a Hyundai i20 WRC car at the ta...
Mo Farah to make final bid for Olympic spot at British Athletics Championships

Mo Farah to make final bid for Olympic spot at British Athletics Championships

Atheletics, EUROPE, GAMES, OLYMPICS, Sports, UK
Great Britain’s Sir Mo Farah is aiming to qualify for the Olympics. The four-time Olympic champion still needs to beat the Games qualifying time to go to Tokyo. Sir Mo Farah will make a last-gasp attempt to qualify for the Olympics at the British Athletics Championships. The four-time Olympic champion is yet to hit the qualifying standard for the 10,000m after a failed attempt earlier this month. He needs to beat 27 minutes 28 seconds to stand a chance of defending his title from 2012 and 2016 and will race at the Championships in Manchester on Friday, June 25. Farah clocked 27 mins 50.64 secs at the British 10,000m Championships at the University of Birmingham on June 5 to come eighth in his first 10,000m race since quitting the track to focus on the marathon in 2017 but s...
Turkey 0-3 Italy: Ciro Immobile nets as Roberto Mancini’s side start Euro 2020 in style

Turkey 0-3 Italy: Ciro Immobile nets as Roberto Mancini’s side start Euro 2020 in style

EURO 2020, EUROPE, FIFA, Football, GAMES, Sports, UEFA
Report as Italy make an early Euro 2020 statement in a thoroughly deserved victory in front of 15,000 fans in Rome Italy beat Turkey 3-0 in Euro 2020's opening match in Rome Italy kicked off Euro 2020 in style with a dominant 3-0 win over Turkey as Ciro Immobile and Lorenzo Insigne both scored in the Group A opener. Roberto Mancini's side put on an emphatic showing after Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli had opened the tournament singing Italia '90 anthem Nessun Dorma on the pitch pre-match. Turkey managed to frustrate their opponents for 45 minutes but faltered badly after the break as Merih Demiral put through on his net (53) following a tasty Domenico Berardi cross. That opened the game up which suited Italy's aggressive and attack-minded style as Immobile (66) and Insigne (7...
Premier League VAR to use ‘thicker lines’ for offside calls next season

Premier League VAR to use ‘thicker lines’ for offside calls next season

EUROPE, Football, GAMES, PREMIER LEAGUE, Sports, UEFA
The International Football Association Board [IFAB] - football's lawmakers - does not specify a maximum thickness of lines, under the laws of the game; PGMOL hopes the change will give the benefit back to the attacking team Image: Thicker lines, to be used for VAR decisions on offside, will be introduced in the Premier League next season European Super League: 'Big Six' clubs to pay £22m settlement to Premier League Also decided at the Premier League's AGM was the payment of a combined £22m fine by the six English clubs which secretly agreed to play in a European Super League (ESL). Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham have also agreed to an additional £25m fine and a potential 30-point deduction for any similar transgression in the fut...
Olympics: Australian swimmer pulls out, citing ‘perverts’

Olympics: Australian swimmer pulls out, citing ‘perverts’

GAMES, OLYMPICS, Sports, SWIMMIMG
Maddie Groves, who won two silvers at the Rio Games in 2016, has withdrawn from Australia's Olympic trials set to start Saturday. She says it should be "a lesson to all misogynistic perverts in sport." A two-time Olympic silver medal winner announced Thursday she was withdrawing from Australia's swimming trials because of "mysogynistic perverts." Maddie Groves did not elaborate on the allegations. Her announcement comes just ahead of Australia's Olympic trials, due to start on Saturday. Australian swimmer Maddie Groves What did Maddie Groves say? In a series of posts on social media, Maddie Groves said that time was up on people who "exploit young women and girls, body shame or medically gaslight them." "Let this be a lesson to all misogynistic perverts in sport ...
Floyd Mayweather earned $1.5m per punch in Logan Paul exhibition fight

Floyd Mayweather earned $1.5m per punch in Logan Paul exhibition fight

Boxing, GAMES, Sports
Floyd Mayweather earned north of $60m following his fight against Jake Paul in which the undefeated boxer threw 43 punches as he tried to KO his opponent Floyd Mayweather earned a staggering $1.5million per punch in his exhibition bout with Logan Paul. The retired boxer returned to the ring to take on the YouTube sensation in Miami in a fight that sold one million pay-per-view buys in the United States, Paul surprisingly lasted all eight rounds to hear the final bell with Mayweather unable to knock out his inexperienced opponent despite dominating the contest. The undefeated fighter threw 43 punches during the fight meaning every time he did so he was earning over $1m. Paul's purse is believed to be $14m and so earned $500,000 for each of the 28 punches he threw. ...
Uganda Cranes final Squad to South Africa named

Uganda Cranes final Squad to South Africa named

Football, GAMES, Sports
International friendly match: 10th June 2021 South Africa Vs Uganda Cranes At Orlando Stadium, Soweto The Uganda Cranes head coach Abdallah Mubiru has named the final team that will travel to South Africa for the up-coming international build up on 10th June 2021 at the Orlando Stadium, Soweto. The final team was confirmed after the last training at the MTN Omondi Stadium, Lugogo on Monday, 7th June 2021. Uganda Cranes training session at the MTN Omondi Stadium, Lugogo Abdul Lumala There are 23 players on the team with the South African based legion of goalkeeper Ismael Watenga and Moses Waiswa Ndhondhi joining the team in Soweto. The team flies out tonight aboard Uganda Airlines at 8:40 PM. The leader of delegation is Kalibbala Chrizestom. South Africa host...
England fans urged to ‘drown out the boos’ in new Kick It Out and Football Supporters’ Association campaign

England fans urged to ‘drown out the boos’ in new Kick It Out and Football Supporters’ Association campaign

EURO 2020, FIFA, Football, GAMES, RACISM, Sports, UEFA
Players were once again booed for taking a knee against Romania; FA is also working on a video message to encourage fans to get behind the team on and off the pitch; former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand labels supporters who boo as "ignorant" Fans are being urged to 'drown out the boos' at Wembley in a new Kick It Out and Football Supporters' Association initiative as England begin their Euro 2020 campaign on Sunday. It comes after England boss Gareth Southgate's pleas to respect the anti-discrimination gesture were once again ignored by a small section of fans during the side's final Euro 2020 warm-up game against Romania. Southgate and his players remain defiant they will continue to take a knee and once again reiterated it is a show of unity in the fight against...
Eight rounds in exhibition pay-per-view for Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Logan Paul’s fight

Eight rounds in exhibition pay-per-view for Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Logan Paul’s fight

Boxing, GAMES, Sports
Floyd Mayweather says "he had fun" exchanging blows with Logan Paul during their eight-round exhibition match Sunday." I had fun … He's better than I thought he was," Mayweather said after the fight Sunday, saying Paul knew how to use his weight to his advantage. "He's a tough, rough competitor … I was surprised by him tonight." The pay-per-view event, which was broadcast on Showtime Sunday from Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, was deemed a draw. The highly anticipated sporting event didn't go without technical difficulties. Some people said they had trouble streaming the highly publicized fight. "We are aware that some customers have been having trouble accessing tonight's Pay Per View event on SHOWTIME.com," a spokesperson for Showtime told CNN in an email statement on Sunda...
Romelu Lukaku says racism in football is at an ‘all-time high’

Romelu Lukaku says racism in football is at an ‘all-time high’

FIFA, Football, GAMES, RACISM, Sports, UEFA
Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku believes racism in football is at an "all-time high" ahead of the start of the European Championships. Lukaku, who is preparing for Belgium's opening game of the Euros against Russia on Saturday, has received racial abuse a number of times throughout his football career, notably when he was the subject of monkey chants from fans in 2019. Today, he thinks abuse towards players is only getting worse. "I think racism in football right now is at the all-time high. Why? Because of social media now as well," Lukaku told CNN Sport. "I understand why people like Thierry Henry are blocking social media because it's easy, you can track somebody down … The social media companies, they have to do more for me." Earlier this year, former Arsenal forward Hen...
French open: Tunisia’s Jabeur knocked out and US’ Gauff shines

French open: Tunisia’s Jabeur knocked out and US’ Gauff shines

GAMES, Sports, TENNIS
Ons Jabeur The Roland Garros dream is over for Tunisian Ons Jabeur, who was the last African left in the French Open. She was knocked out on Monday in two sets by the American Coco Gauff with 6-3, 6-1- all that in just 53 minutes. Jabeur tried to put up a fight but the American dominated from the start. Guaff is just 17 years old and her win against Jabeur now means she is through to her first-ever Grand Slam quarterfinal and is one of the youngest tennis players to do so. Coco Gauff She is also the youngest American to reach the quarterfinals of any Grand Slam since Venus Williams. "It means a lot to me," Gauff told the media in her post-match press conference. "I have lost in the fourth round a couple of times so it feels good to get over that hurdle. Today I played...
CAF postpones 2022 Africa Cup of Nations draw

CAF postpones 2022 Africa Cup of Nations draw

CAF, Football, GAMES, Sports
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has postponed the 2022 African Cup of Nations Draw due to logistical reasons related to the Covid-19 pandemic. The draw was initially planned for 25 June 2021. CAF confirmed that a new date will be announced in the due course. Already 31 countries have qualified for the next year’s tournament in Cameroon. One team still remains to qualify between Benin and Sierra Leone after their match was rescheduled for this month. The request to postpone the draw was made by the Cameroon Local Organizing Committee (LOC) citing logistical issues. “At the request of CAF, the Cameroon Local Organizing Committee (LOC) has agreed to postpone the TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations Cameroon 2021 final draw for logistical reasons related t...